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April 9th, 2009

Holy Thursday

 
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Holy Thursday

Two things are central to Holy Thursday. First, we are reminded of the Last Supper and the final period of time that Jesus shared with his disciples.

In three of the four gospels we hear about how Jesus took bread and broke it and blessed a cup of wine saying “this is my body; this is my blood. Do this to remember me.” In the Gospel of John however, the central moment of Jesus’ final evening with his disciples is not the Eucharistic meal (which in fact is not even mentioned) but rather, the washing of the disciples’ feet. This moment get re-enacted at Mass after the homily and also reminds us of the second thing that gets emphasized on Holy Thursday: the institution of the priesthood.

Jesus commissions His disciples to continue the ritual they share at the Last Supper and he tells the twelve gathered there that whenever two or more are gathered in His name, He is there present among them. Our priests today offer that same ritual, the sacrifice of Christ himself every time they celebrate mass. Tonight we recall that first Eucharist and are grateful to our priests who continue this saving work for all of us.

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